Surfer Girls Rock

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Rant - Surfer Girls Rock

While there are fewer women who surf than men, rising stars like Carissa Moore, Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons and Courtney Conlogue surf on par with the boys. Yet they are relegated to the poorest waves during shared contest windows, and largely absent from the phallocentric surf magazines. Instead of glossy photos of these pro surfer girls ripping, many of those magazines lure male eyes with annual swimsuit issues, posing women in barely-there bikinis sexily on the beach while a guy rides waves in the background. As Miss Representation (trailer below) points out:

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surfergrrrl
2 years ago
piss_shiver
2 years ago

I don't really care about the misrepresentation of anything or anyone, with respect to surfing. It's all marketing, and I think I have a good handle on how to ignore it. Welcome to America. This is how you sell shit. However, for the SR record, I think some of the males are misrepresented too. They wear too tight board shorts sometimes.
Anyway, I'm all about doing stuff that makes you feel good. And if you want to feel sexy and or appreciated as a woman/man, then great. If not, then great too. Here's a video of a woman having fun from another thread, surfing on pumps. She can surf, and she's having fun, and she looks good while wanting to look good while doing it. Nothing wrong with that.

Rocco
2 years ago

All this comes down to marketing and what sells. Surf related companies promote to men based on the fact that men buy more surfing stuff than women overall. If there were more women surfing than all the advertising and competitions would be geared toward women and you would see more Hasselhoff. Also, I guess I could argue the cosmetic industry is biased against men because they only advertise and create products, for the most part, for women. They too exploit men. If you don't believe me check out any mag at your local grocer. I could care less though because I don't wear makeup but some guys might disagree with me about caring. There are ceilings that both genders are breaking down but commerce/capitalism stops for no one and culture, parents and religion influence all. They could care less about our color, sex, religion or sexual orientation. It's all about who is buying. I've seen the video you posted before and couldn't agree with it more but it addresses a much larger picture than surfing and is women biased. Surfing is for fun and life isn't that serious! Have fun and surf or don't.....

shaqfu
2 years ago

"I don't mean to be sexist
I want all you bitches and hoes to know I'm trying to correct this."

sharkturd
2 years ago

I don't know nuttin about misrepresentation either, but I know men are, by nature, objectifiers...that won't be eliminated anytime soon. And those that say they're not, then they are liars as well. Don't believe it? Who do you think invented high heels and probably every sexy piece of a woman's wardrobe? Who continues to design most of women's clothes today? The irony is most of those designers are gay men, so I reckon even they are objectifiers of women...and perhaps the most guilty. To a man, we just can't get away from it. The trick for men navigating in this modern world is to not be salacious in our objectification...that would be clueless and classless. But with that said, I do love the little squeal high heel wake surfer gives right before her wipeout:)

tehdely
2 years ago

If I were to design the perfect garment to objectify the male body, it would be very tight and made of a synthetic rubber.

fatnewt
2 years ago

If you had a Ferrari would you drive it around with the car cover on it?

Rick Kane
2 years ago

Hi, I'm confused.

The subject of this rant is "Surfer Girls Rock"

Burro expressed an opinion that some surfing females are as talented as men but get the shaft (no pun intended, ok maybe it was) when it comes to contest conditions and media coverage. Fair enough.

Then Burro embedded a video featuring clips from music videos and Fox News but completely unrelated to surfing. Why is this here?

And then there's a random photo of three girls goofing around at Pathetica. Not ripping like the surfers mentioned in the rant do, but just standing around on the beach.

I fail to see a cogent argument here that can be responded to. Seems like bait for trolls and aimless arguing. Am I missing something?

Rick Kane
2 years ago

Whoops, sorry about that last comment. Didn't click through to @surfergrrrrrrrrl's blog and only saw the post above. Without context it didn't make sense, but I get it now. Keep on keepin' on.

surfergrrrl
2 years ago

@Rick_Kane, I think @burro meant to link to The Inertia post:
http://www.theinertia.com/business-media/surfer-girls-rock/

Interesting to contrast the comments here with the ones there.

burro
2 years ago

Yea, sorry, my bad, forgot the link.

Surf2Live
2 years ago

Awesome trailer! It is so refreshing to see a video like this on here instead of all the usual T&A.

waggy
2 years ago

Re. 'Relegated to the poorest waves during contest windows', that's not necessarily true. At the last Bells contest the women got some of the best waves...

Yahguy
2 years ago

My opinion:
Contest Windows: Regarding ASP events, men's surfing is more popular there for they should get the better waves. If women's surfing was more popular they would get better waves. @surfergrrrl you seem to view this situation as men verses women when I see it as a money making endeavor driven by popularity.

Magazine Coverage: If women want to get more shot in the mags (which are basically long ads) they need to push the envelope more. Readers like the pictures in surf mags because they show surfers performing technically difficult maneuvers, in the critical part of the wave and on epic waves, the shot in mags show surfers doing things only most of the readers can dream about. If there were more Keala Kennelly out there dropping in and pulling in deep on 10ft barrels women would get more coverage. Another thing that might help women get more pics in mags would be for them to learn how to do aerials, they seem to be all the rage now. @surfergrrrl you need to set an example for the next generation of young beautiful (in their own unique way) female surfers so next time its 7ft @ 17 sec grab your step up or semi and paddle out at ###### or work on your 180 air reverse.

PS, I will watch you from the beach.

crabn415
2 years ago

boooo hoooo. cry me a got dam river. girls who r good at surfing will have hot bodies. bodies i dont mind seeing and they dont mind sharing . why? cause its in our human nature to judge people on body image because were genetically programmed to look for a more fit mate

surfergrrrl
2 years ago

Excellent comment by Tim Hamby on The Inertia:

I'll share two telling and disheartening stories: My 9-year old daughter started surfing last year after watching the movie, Soul Surfer. She idolizes Bethany Hamilton and has gone completely nuts for the sport. I never get any surfing time myself anymore because I spend it all pushing her into waves! : ) Naturally, she's decorated her room, primarily with pictures she's drawn herself, of surfboards, waves and beach scenes. She also asked if she could look through my surf magazines (old copies of Surfer and Surfing), to try to find pictures of Bethany; Alana Blanchard (the other notable personality in Soul Surfer); and/or any other female surfers. She's looking for heroes and role models...
Read more: http://www.theinertia.com/business-media/surfer-girls-rock/ (scroll toward bottom for comments)

fatnewt
2 years ago

You have to really try to give them good role models nowadays. Looking to professional sports and the media surrounding them is not always the best route. By definition you are going to have to search harder for positive role models because they don't get coverage. Getting them stoked about something that will keep them active is also awesome & necessary. We are, unfortunately, becoming a nation of fat people, and it has everything to do with lack of activity and a tiny bit about food.

Just an aside: getting hung up on looking at the human body is lame. The human body is beautiful. Have you thought about getting the male French surfers to wear speedos? I'm sure they have them on underneath their board shorts anyway.

waggy
2 years ago

@ crbn415 - Our awareness of our basic animal instincts and our ability to rise above them is what sets us, humans, apart from animals. There used to be a time when surfers were thought to be a more enlightened bunch, then the masses took over.

Rocco
2 years ago

says the guy who posted a video of the Spanish Roxy girls! hahah!!

burro
2 years ago

@rocco: well researched. the internet tells no lies ;)

waggy
2 years ago

Touché R&C. And I'll go as far as to agree with Crbn415 in saying that there is nothing wrong with appreciating beauty, it is a fairly natural thing. However beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and what we are being sold as a concept of beauty just doesn't reflect the real world. I just found the tone of his comment pretty offensive. The Spanish Roxy video was kind of posted as a joke. These Roxy women can actually surf and I don't think any of them were photoshopped or that it portrayed anything crass. I would say there is a big difference between that and say a Reef bikini contest... Incidentally, I saw Miss Representation a few months ago and I would strongly recommend it to anyone who reads this. The point of the documentary is that the representation of women, and men, by the mainstream media is damaging to both girls and boys because it sets standards that are unattainable and sets them up for failure. The fact that it affects both girls and boys is a pretty interesting and important point as this is not about gender wars but about accepting or rejecting certain ideas of what a man or a woman is or should be. As a parent of a nine-year-old girl, I found it both very scary and enlightening.

three53fins
2 years ago

Man, girl posts - about whatever - really rock.

Chadical
2 years ago

What's wrong with being sexy?

http://youtu.be/4xF5TeHf5QQ

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